University of Saint Joseph (Connecticut)

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University of Saint Joseph (formerly known as Saint Joseph College)
Type Private
Established 1932
Affiliation Roman Catholic
President Rhona Free, Ph.D.
Academic staff
Undergraduates 1,100
Location West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Campus Suburban, 84 acres (340,000 m2)
Colors Blue, Gold and White
Athletics NCAA Division III
Sports 8 Varsity Teams [1]
Nickname Blue Jays
Affiliations GNAC

The University of Saint Joseph is a Roman Catholic comprehensive institution of higher education and an undergraduate women's college with a coeducational graduate program. It is located in West Hartford, Connecticut, United States and was founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut.


The University of Saint Joseph (previously known as Saint Joseph College) is a comprehensive institution with career-focused undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. Enhanced by the Catholic intellectual tradition and the values of its founding Sisters of Mercy, the University allows students to thrive in a culture of achievement and collaboration. It offers solid professional training grounded in the liberal arts and is consistently cited on the national level for the quality of its academic programs.

Student life[edit]

The University has seven residence halls. The two newest halls were completed in Fall 2008. Named North and South Hall, these facilities offer student suites a shared living room, full kitchen, and bathroom for 8 to 10 residents per suite, with two suites on each of two floors. These facilities are wireless throughout with large lounges, laundry rooms, and a welcoming foyer. The older halls are more traditional.

The O'Connell Athletic Center provides students with a fitness area, pool, and indoor track and basketball courts. Pilates, aerobics, and other fitness classes are offered regularly.

McGovern Hall houses the campus dining hall, meeting spaces, a coffee and convenience store, provide students with social areas, and wireless lounge.


The University of Saint Joseph has maintained a distinctive Georgian brick architecture in most of its 19 buildings, including seven residence halls, a library, student life building, administration and classroom buildings, and an arts center with a theater and art gallery, among others. The athletic complex features a six-lane pool, gymnasium, suspended jogging track, dance studio, fitness center, outdoor track, softball field, and tennis courts.

The buildings are arranged around two tree-lined quadrangles on an 84-acre (340,000 m2) campus designed by the Olmsted Brothers. Approximately 45 percent of the full-time Women’s College students live on campus. There are 1,039 undergraduates in the Undergraduate Programs for Women..

McDonough Hall

The School of Pharmacy, fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, occupies a state-of-the-art facility in the XL Center complex in downtown Hartford, CT.

Students also serve with faculty members and administrators on University-wide committees. Special student services include career planning, alumnae mentoring, internship placement, counseling, health services, academic advisement, and campus ministry. Most recently, the University constructed The Carol Autorino Center to establish the arts and humanities as an integral part of the student psyche.


Saint Joseph College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Blue Jays are a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). Women's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, softball, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball. There are also eight club sports.

University of Saint Joseph Blue Jays athletic logo


The University of Saint Joseph is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The Chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society and the Social Work program by the Council on Social Work Education. The Coordinated Undergraduate Program in Dietetics is accredited by the American Dietetic Association. The Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


The University is located in West Hartford, a suburb of Hartford and only 4 miles (6.4 km) from the state capitol building and the city of Hartford’s arts and entertainment district. West Hartford Center is just one mile from campus and includes places to eat, shop, and relax.


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Coordinates: 41°46′47″N 72°43′50″W / 41.7796°N 72.7305°W / 41.7796; -72.7305